Assistant general manager, Chesapeake Energy Arena (SMG)
In his role as assistant general manager of Chesapeake Arena, home of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, Owens oversees the booking, marketing and ticketing departments for the venue, and is the primary booking contact for the 18,203-seat arena. In the first quarter of 2019, the building has already realized a 47% increase in concert ticket sales over the entire previous year, and is expecting to see 20% more concerts and events through the remainder of the year. Owens and his team are gaining industry praise for their innovative approach to creating unforgettable arena experiences for artists and crews. Their elaborate backstage hospitality and artist gifts have included a personalized Stihl chainsaw for Blake Shelton at his tour opener and hometown show in February, custom-written and illustrated children’s books for pop artist Pink’s kids and a reimagined crew experience that includes an in-house barber, manicurists/pedicurists, unique culinary experiences and live dinner music in backstage catering. Owens has a knack for cultivating industry relationships, which has led to record-breaking years of bookings in every venue he has programmed since beginning his career in 2009. Owens has garnered recognition as a recipient and finalist for numerous industry awards, including Rising Star (Pollstar, 2018), 30Under30 (IAVM, 2015), Hall of Headlines (Venues Today, 2015) and Rookie of the Year (IEBA, 2013 and 2014).